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Congratulations to our 2023 AAWR Award Winners

2023 Presidents Award Winner

Anne Darrow, MD, MA

Anne Darrow is a Diagnostic Radiology Resident John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in the Chicago area and will complete her fellowship in Breast Imaging at the University of Chicago in 2024-25.

AAWR Service:
Member-At-Large, Member In Training, Board of Directors
Co-chair MIT Committee

2023 Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award (ASNR)

Nikdokht (Niky) Farid, MD

Niky Farid is a Professor of Neuroradiology in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Farid received her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles (summa cum laude) and her M.D. from the University of California, San Diego where she also completed her radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship. A major focus of Dr. Farid’s career has been the use of advanced MR diffusion and perfusion techniques to improve diagnosis, prognostication, and assessment of treatment response in patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors. Dr. Farid is passionate about teaching and mentoring, with a focus on guiding and empowering young women pursuing a career in radiology. As the founding member of the UC-wide AAWR Chapter, she seeks to create a network of mutual support, collaboration, and mentorship and to provide a forum for discussion of issues unique to women in radiology.

AAWR Service:
Secretary, Board of Directors
Membership Committee - Chapter Subcommittee

The Katherine A. Shaffer Award for the RLI Leadership Summit

Aparna Singhal, MD

AAWR Service:
Co-Chair Website Committee

Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding RSNA Presentations

Bersu Ozcan, MD

Bersu Ozcan is a Research Fellow at the Breast Imaging Division at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. During her medical education, Dr. Ozcan was involved in pre-clinical laboratory research and performed visiting internship rotations at Georgetown and Harvard Universities. She presented multiple studies at national and international conferences. She has received several research awards, including the 2023 RSNA Trainee Research Award and the 2022 AAWR Outstanding RSNA Presentation.

Dr. Ozcan is actively leading research in breast imaging, focusing on nodal metastases, neoadjuvant therapy response, AI implementation, breast cancer disparities, and cost-effectiveness. She also collaborated in two prospective clinical trials aiming to predict neoadjuvant therapy response in breast cancer patients using optoacoustic imaging and contrast-enhanced ultrasound.

AAWR Service:
MIT Committee

ARLEO Advocacy Award

Anna Lee, MD

Dr. Anna Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Head and Neck Section of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She completed her residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center followed by a proton therapy fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her research interests include examining outcomes in the re-irradiation setting, comparative effectiveness research with large databases and issues regarding gender equity in academic medicine.

She has been a member of AAWR since 2012 and served as the co-chair of the member-in-training committee from 2018-2020. She is a founding member of the Society for Women in Radiation Oncology (SWRO), which was formed during a time when there were limited resources for women in radiation oncology with trainees reporting their lived experiences specifically with respect to lack of support during pregnancy/motherhood, feelings of isolation, harassment and mentorship needs. Along with her colleagues, she has been involved in projects leading to publications that have brought attention regarding needs of trainees to professional societies and organizations.

AAWR Service:
Membership Committee

2023 Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology

Sara Beltrán Ponce, MD

Dr. Beltrán Ponce is a Wisconsin native and attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she received her undergraduate degree in biology and psychology. Before attending medical school, she spent several months doing public health work in rural Cambodia before completing an AmeriCorps service year teaching math and English to middle school students. These experiences solidified interests in global and public health that continue to inspire her work to date. Upon completion of these programs, she went on to attend medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she graduated with honors in community engagement before staying at Medical College of Wisconsin for residency, where she is currently chief resident. 

As a resident, Dr. Beltrán Ponce has pursued research in patient-reported outcomes, health disparities, and global oncology with a passion for improving long-term quality of life and equity of care for all patients. In addition, she has strong interests in physician wellness and time management, leading to the creation of a podcast titled “Time Titans” which aims to provide practical strategies for physicians to become more efficient with their day. She has served as a peer-mentor, advocate, and researcher in gender equity and parental leave policies for trainees and draws from her own experience of having two children in training. She serves as chair of the Society for Women in Radiation Oncology and leads the family planning working group for the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s Women’s Committee. She looks forward to a career focused on wellness and equity for patients and clinicians alike.

Member-In-Training Award for Outstanding Presentations in Diagnostic Radiology/Radiation Oncology

Jie Jane Chen, MD

Dr. Jie Jane Chen received her medical degree with cum laude honors from Harvard Medical School, prior to joining the Radiation Oncology residency program at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she currently serves as chief resident. Dr. Chen’s research interests include integrating palliative radiotherapy and specialty palliative care, applying novel computational approaches to identify patients’ symptoms, and optimizing communication, education, and social support for patients and families with diverse needs. Her research using natural language processing to identify symptoms preceding diagnosis of and palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases illuminated disparities at multiple points in the care pathway. For her research and advocacy, she received the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Award.

Dr. Chen is passionate about medical education and building inclusive communities for patients and learners. At UCSF, she chairs the Radiation Oncology Education Committee, serves as a resident member of the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy, and teaches medical students in the School of Medicine Bridges Curriculum. On a national level, she serves on the Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group (ROECSG) Executive Board, where she contributes to developing innovative radiation oncology curricula and shaping the educational culture within radiation oncology. Her educational initiatives have included spearheading an international investigation of radiation oncologists’ practices and preferences for delivering patient education, as well as designing and assessing a curriculum on breast radiotherapy, skin care, and toxicity management for interdisciplinary and interprofessional learners within the UCSF Breast Cancer Center.

AAWR Service:
MIT Committee

2023 Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology

Yu-Hui Huang, MD, MS

Formally trained in Biomedical Visualization and Clinical Anaplastology, Yu-Hui Huang, MD, MS is a current Chief Radiology Resident at the University of Minnesota, where she utilizes 3D printing to assist with clinical care for human and veterinary patients. Dr. Huang is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Biomedical Visualization Program, where she teaches 3D Printing with Data Segmentation for Medicine. She seeks to combine art, medicine and technology, specifically medical imaging and 3D printing, to improve patient care and outcome.

2023 Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award

Geraldine McGinty, MD

Dr. McGinty did her medical training in Ireland at the National University and then came to the USA for residency at the University of Pittsburgh where she was Chief Resident. Her fellowship was in Women’s Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2000, she completed an MBA at Columbia University. She is an internationally recognized expert in imaging economics.  In May 2018 she was elected as the Chair of the ACR’s Board of Chancellors, the first woman to hold this office. In 2014 she joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City after 11 years in private practice and in 2021 she was appointed as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Since 2017 she has taught in the combined Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell SC Johnson School of Business EMBA MS in Healthcare Leadership. She is a member of the boards of NextGen Healthcare (NXGN) and 4D Medical (4DX) as well as her alma mater, the University of Galway.

Her published work has focused on payment models for imaging, most recently a bundled payment for breast cancer screening. Recently she has focused on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Medical Imaging and has spoken at the Turing Institute and to the WHO Focus Group on AI in Healthcare on this topic. In 2015 she was voted Radiology’s Most Effective Educator by the readers of Aunt Minnie, a radiology news site with more than 140,000 members. She holds inclusion as a foundational value and has been recognized for her work in advancing the careers of women including with the Jessica M and Natan Bibliowicz Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty at Weill Cornell. In 2019 she endowed a scholarship at the University of Galway to support a female physician in pursuing an MBA.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award

Reshma Jagsi, MD, D.Phil

Reshma Jagsi is the Lawrence Davis Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University.  Author of over 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including multiple high-impact studies in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and JAMA, her research to promote gender equity has been funded by U54 and R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as large independent grants from philanthropic foundations.  She has mentored dozens of others in research investigating women’s under-representation in senior positions in academic medicine and the mechanisms that must be targeted to promote equity. 

Active in organized medicine, she has served on the Steering Committee of the AAMC’s Group on Women in Medicine in Science and now serves on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine and ACR’s Commission on Women and Diversity.  Her contributions have been recognized with her election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians, the Leadership Award of the AAMC’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science, LEAD Oncology’s Woman of the Year Award, AMWA’s Woman in Science Award, and AMSA’s Women Leaders Award.  She is a fellow of the AAAS, ASCO, ASTRO, AAWR, and the Hastings Center.

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